MWSC has conducted a training programme on the sustainable operation, maintenance and management of water supply systems targeted to small islands in the Maldives. The 5-day programme was conducted from 10th-14th June 2012 as part of the USAID Enhance Climate Resiliency and Water Security project, a 3-year programme implemented in the Maldives in 2011 in affiliation with the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The project commonly known as Maldives Global Climate Change (Maldives GCC) focuses on facilitating climate resiliency and water security on two designated climate resilient islands in the Maldives - Hinnavaru and Dhidhdoo.
The aim of the training programme was to help realize the objectives of the Maldives GCC programme by educating the participants of the course with the expertise required to sustainably operate and maintain water systems in the islands. A total of ten candidates from Ha. Dhidhoo, Lh. Naifaru and Lh. Hinnavaru participated in this programme.
Speaking at the closing ceremony held to give away certificates to participants of the programme, the Chief Guest, Mr. John Dorr (Chief of Party, Maldives GCC), commended MWSC for the comprehensive training carried out during this short period of time. He thanked MWSC’s senior management and coordinators of the programme and expressed his appreciation to the participants for the enthusiasm they showed in attending the course.
In the welcome remarks, Mr. Ahmed Mujthaba, the Operations Manager of MWSC, thanked the instructors, coordinators and participants for their contribution throughout the sessions. He also noted the valuable assistance and support by Chemonics (the USAID contractor in the Maldives) and the Ministry of Environment and Energy. He expressed his hope that the participants of the training programme would be able to make a positive contribution to their respective island by applying what was learned on the programme.
The training programme covered a vast range of topics including different types of desalination technologies, water storage, distribution, water disinfection methods, RO plant operation & maintenance, as well as water network maintenance and connection.